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April 20, 2006

MALDEF QUESTIONS CONSTITUTIONALITY OF ANTI-IMMIGRANT LAW SIGNED BY GEORGIA GOVERNOR PERDUE

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The absence of leadership from the Bush Administration has emboldened state and local legislators to enact immigration policies of their own.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – Today the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), the nation’s leading Latino legal organization, expressed strong disapproval in Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue’s decision to sign Senate Bill (SB) 529, "The Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act", into law.

Tisha Tallman, Southeast Regional Counsel of MALDEF, announced her serious concern over Perdue’s decision. "This type of legislation does nothing to move us forward economically, culturally or socially, nor does it address Georgia’s labor demands that our immigrant brothers and sisters are currently filling," remarked Tallman. "Most importantly, we believe that the verification provisions included in SB 529 are unconstitutional and we will continue to prepare for potential litigation."

Among its provisions, SB 529 would require state and local government agencies to deny state and local benefits to people who are unable to verify their residence. The legislation also authorizes local law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration and customs laws. "Local law enforcement of immigration laws by untrained officials can easily lead to racial profiling by police demanding documentation from individuals they perceive as "looking foreign" regardless of their citizenship or immigration status," added Tallman.

Posted by VisaLawyer at April 20, 2006 11:31 AM

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